It’s About Controlling Yourself – Not Others
With a group of kindergartners, Meg talks about ways to calm down and control themselves –not others. Kids all across Mid Coast Maine are receiving positive messages of healthy relationship building from New Hope for Women’s classroom presentations.
Grades K-12 are challenged and encouraged to explore their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in age-appropriate ways. The youngest discuss how hands are not for hitting; the older students learn about dating violence. In between, there are conversations about respecting differences, dealing with conflicts and disagreements, and exploring healthy vs. unhealthy friendships.
When violence is present in a school, NHFW develops specific programs for the groups involved. Sometimes kids need concrete ways to calm themselves down so they can process feelings. A School-Based Advocate will introduce kids to a toolkit which includes ways of identifying what it feels like when we start getting upset.
This information comes from a conversation Becky had with Meg Klingelhofer, New Hope's Community Education Director.